Consumers who aren’t concerned with fancy features or high-quality audio should choose for the JLab GO Air, which is less expensive. The buds are pleasant enough to use on a daily basis and stable enough to be used during exercise sessions.
It is true that the microphone quality is not the best, but it will suffice for a quick phone call, and the integrated USB charging connection is a wonderful JLab benefit. Listeners looking for a higher level of sound quality at a comparable price point might select the Anker Soundcore Liberty Neo.
Busy people don’t have time to tinker with half-baked features, which is why the JLab GO Air has made such an impression among those who value functionality over anything else.
These truly wireless earphones are designed for people who are continuously on the move, as the name implies. You can’t go wrong at $30, so let’s go over the advantages and disadvantages of using GO Air before jumping on board.
Attention: This JLab GO Air review was updated on March 24, 2022, to include information regarding the JLab GO Air Pop, which was previously unavailable. In addition, we added a disclosure box for previous charts and our non-standard microphone demo, as well as in-line FAQs for your convenience.
The JLab GO Air is made entirely of plastic, just like the JLab JBuds series. Everything from the charging case to the earphones is made of plastic. While it may not be the most visually appealing option, it does help to lower the cost and weight of the headset.
Each earbud has an angled nozzle emerging from it; these have a wide diameter and may be irritating for listeners with small ear canals because of their shape.
While the IP44 designation indicates that the earbuds are sturdy, it does not imply that they are impenetrable to scratches. The cover features an always-open design that is eye-catching and makes it simple to grab the earphones, but it is not very protective in terms of durability. It is almost certain that if you drop the case, the earphones will fly out and get scratched.
The famous JLab integrated USB charging cable, which has been used in all of the company’s true wireless products to date, is located at the bottom of the case. Because of this, you can charge the case from any location without having to fumble around with a separate charging cord.
Even though I was originally suspicious about its durability, JLab claims to have tested this component and found it to be capable of withstanding 10,000 bends without showing indications of wear.
Despite the fact that these buds are among the most affordable in the wireless category, JLab does not scrimp on wireless technology. With Bluetooth 5.0 and the same patented Dual Connect technology found in the more expensive JLab JBuds Air Icon, the GO Air provides an excellent value.
Actually, this works in a similar way as Qualcomm’s TrueWireless Stereo Plus, in that it generates a separate connection for each earbud, which results in less connection stuttering and hence a better listening experience. Even if Bluetooth multipoint isn’t supported, it would be a great feature if it were provided at this price.
When it comes to high-quality Bluetooth codecs, the GO Air is limited to AAC and SBC only, according to the manufacturer. This implies that iPhone users will be able to stream high-quality music consistently, while Android users will continue to have issues with the AAC wireless codec, depending on which device they are using.
This is eventually acceptable, though, because aural masking proves to be a more serious issue than a lack of adequate codec support. There’s just so much you can expect from a pair of earbuds that are this cheap.
The earbuds lasted 4 hours and 5 minutes in our battery test, during which we continuously played music at a maximum volume of 75dB(SPL), and the case provides three further charge cycles. In addition, quick charging is supported: 15 minutes in the case results in an hour of listening time.
However, while it isn’t anywhere near as amazing as what we’ve seen from the likes of Anker Soundcore, it is an improvement over nothing (and matches the rate of the more premium JLab JBuds Air Icon rapid charge feature).
The casing requires two hours to fully charge, whereas the earphones require 90 minutes to fully charge, according to the manufacturer. This is a lengthy process, but remember that these buds cost just $30 USD, and more expensive components will be more expensive to create.
The JLab GO Air has a major emphasis on the bass. When selecting a set of low-cost earphones, it’s crucial to keep your expectations in perspective. While the GO Air has certain high-end features and is built to last, the reality remains that costs have been slashed in order to keep the price as low as possible.
The ISO226:2003 standard, which is an attempt to reproduce each note at the same perceived loudness, is a rough objective for JLab’s products, which tend to fall short (as opposed to all sounds at the same pressure).
The difficulty with this tuning is that it makes the assumption that the original recordings were not subjected to any form of corrective correction by the audio experts. This type of twisting has the potential to magnify what are apparently properly mixed bass tones even further. Some difficulties can arise as a result of this type of frequency response.
It is two to three times louder to hear bass notes than it is to hear middle notes, which is where the fundamental frequencies of most instruments are located. Unfortunately, this means that your music may sound worse than it should, for example, making it appear as though songs lack clarity when, in fact, it is the fault of the low-cost dynamic drivers used in your system.
The sound, on the other hand, is quite acceptable for the price and is to be expected. Furthermore, if you’re coming from a group of friends that frequent super-cheap gas stations, you might even find this to be a welcome upgrade.
Each earbud is equipped with a microphone, which is advantageous because it allows you to utilise either bud for mono listening while still taking calls.
Having said that, the microphone’s quality leaves a lot to be desired, as it severely attenuates low frequencies while maintaining accurate reproduction from 600Hz and above. Speech intelligibility was given precedence than vocal correctness by JLab.
The extreme de-emphasis of the low-end results in a sound that is “hollow” or “remote.”
The JLab GO Air is designed for the practical, and this pair of earphones is well worth your money. These headphones are a good choice for anyone who want something economical that performs a lot of things well.
When it comes to sound quality, JLab’s EQ presets aren’t the finest, but you can always adjust the bass response by cycling through the options. The built-in charging cord is a feature that I’ve grown to appreciate over the years, and I’m pleased to see it included in this model.
Anyone looking for a more technologically advanced pair of truly wireless headphones will have to increase their financial resources significantly.